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Caldwell Schools Employee Charged

Caldwell Sheriff Alan Jones has announced that Sunday, Agents with the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office Ice Unit charged a Hudson--a teacher assistant in the Caldwell School System-- for felony manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine precursor chemicals, and Full Story

Job Fair Called "Success"

The Courtyard by Marriott bustled with activity Friday as 22 High Country businesses met with 165 jobseekers at the High Country Job Fair. “This event was a collaborative effort between the North Carolina Division of Workforce Solutions, the High Country Workforce Development Board, Full Story

Town of Boone Urges Caution

The Town of Boone is telling its water and sewer customers of a letter which they may soon receive from American Water Resources of North Carolina, a private company, ironically, located in New Jersey. Town officials say this is the same company which previously sent letters in October of 2012. Full Story

"From the Halls of..." Marines Land at WHS

One could tell before Watauga County’s Board of Education got very far into their meeting Monday evening that the JROTC topic listed for “acceptance” later on the agenda was going to be a challenging one. During the public comment segment which occurred early in the meeting former Board Full Story

Details For ASU Open Practice And Spring Game

Appalachian State University football fans can catch the 2013 Mountaineers in action each of the next two Saturdays. Appalachian State will hold an open practice —which is scheduled to include an intrasquad scrimmage — on Saturday, April 13 Full Story

Templeton to Withdraw WHS Offer

As feared by the Watauga Commission, Phil Templeton, in a letter addressed to the commissioners and sent to GoBlueRidge.net, says he intends to withdraw his offer of nearly $19 million on the old Watauga High property at the end of the due diligence period. His letter, published on Full Story

UPDATE: Two Dead in Mitchell Crash

The State Patrol now says two people were killed in a Saturday crash just out of Bakersville and that six were transported to hospitals from Johnson City Tennessee to Boone--five flown by helicopter. Avery County emergency units were even called well into Mitchell County to help Full Story

Job Seekers Crowd Boone Marriott

Nearly 20 local and area businesses gathered at the Marriott in Boone Friday for a High Country Job Fair, put on by the Workforce Development Board, NC Division of Workforce Solutions, and CCC&TI.  A crowd of job seekers hear from possible employers, and congresswoman Virginia Foxx Full Story

Child Run Over By Truck in Avery

An Avery County two-year old was rushed to Watauga Medical Center, then flown to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center after being run over by her father's truck yesterday afternoon.  The drama unfolded just after 4 yesterday as Watauga 9-1-1 dispatchers received a frantic call that the child Full Story

Electrical Fire Call at US Textiles

Every Avery County fire company was eventually called to the US Textiles plant just before 1 yesterday afternoon after smoke was discovered inside the plant.  But first units--even subsequent units--arriving at the scene, could not determine where the smoke and smell of an electrical fire was Full Story

Eight Hurt, One Dead in Mitchell Crash

Avery County emergency units were called into Mitchell County yesterday afternoon to help with the number of injured as a two-vehicle crash turned into a nightmare.  Mitchell authorities say that a total of 8 people were transported from the wreck site on NC 261 near Bakersville, five of those had to be flown Full Story

Murder Charges Filed Against Lenoir Man

Friday night at 11:49 pm, Lenoir Police received a welfare check for a woman at a residence at 810 Wild Cherry Lane in Lenoir.  There, officers found the woman, 38-year old Tammy Lynn Benge, deceased and have arrested and charged Michael Joseph Whisnant, 36, of that address with First Degree Murder for the death. Full Story

Mayor Responds to County on old WHS

Boone Mayor Loretta Clawson responded to Watauga Commission chair Nathan Miller's agreement to meet with town officials over the ongoing disagreement between the town and county over the old Watauga High property, affected by the town's new 'Affordable Housing' standards. In her release Friday afternoon, Full Story

Watauga Man Faces Drug Charges

Tuesday, Narcotics Detectives from the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Division arrested Michael Ray Rash, 27, of 2114 Longhope Road, Boone, on charges of Possession With Intent to Sell and Deliver Marijuana, Possession of Schedule I Psilocybin Mushrooms, Full Story

Layer of Sleet Leads to Rash of Wrecks

Listening to emergency dispatch during the day Thursday, it was easy to tell where the rain turned to a layer of sleet, then snow as hit the area mid-morning, causing schools to dismiss early and causing a rash of wrecks across the area—some with injuries.  The most serious injuries were reported Full Story

Miller Responds for the County to Town of Boone

Watauga County Commission Chairman Nathan Miller, named in the letter being sent by the Town of Boone in garnering support for the town’s position for mediation with the county over the old Watauga High property and the county’s response by adjusting sales tax, responded himself with a letter Full Story

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